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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cry Of Iranian Political Prisoners For Justice .........................


Latest news about Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike from Doctor Hassan Nayebhashem's Facebook ....



1- Jafar Azimzadeh ........58 days of hunger strike .......

2- Ehsan Mazanderani .....40 days of hunger strike ......

3- Amir Drosty ...............34 days of hunger strike .......

4- Mohammad Abdollahi ...27 days of hunger strike ....

5- Ayub Asadi ..................21 days of hunger strike ......

6- Shahram Pourmandi .....19 days of hunger strike ....

7- Alireza Golipour ..........14 days of hunger strike .....



And in solidarity with the political prisoners in Iran , doctor Hassan Nayebhashem a well known human rights advocate also went on hunger strike in Geneva and he is on his 13 days of hunger strike




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Friday, June 24, 2016

“Artistic expression is not a crime” – UN rights experts urge the Iranian Government to free jailed artists


GENEVA (24 June 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, and on freedom of expression, David Kaye, today called on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, who were imprisoned and heavily fined earlier this month. 
        
“These three artists were sentenced for exercising their right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity, which in turn results in unjustifiable restrictions on the right of all persons in Iran to have access to and enjoy the arts,” Ms. Bennoune said. “Artistic expression is simply not a crime.” 

The human rights experts contacted the Iranian authorities on these cases earlier this year, including on the use of torture against Mr. Rajabian, musician and founder of Barg Music, an alternative music distributor in Iran. 

Barg Music was the main medium broadcasting alternative music in the country and had introduced more than 100 music albums and thousands of single records by Iranian alternative musicians, as well as female singers, to Iranian audiences, before being shut down by Revolutionary Guards in 2013. 

In May 2015, and, according to the Government’s answer to the UN experts, the three artists were sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of 50 million Rials each (some 1,658 USD) for ‘insulting Islamic sanctities’, ‘propaganda against the State’ and ‘conducing illegal activities in the audiovisual affaires including through producing prohibited audiovisual material and performing an illegal and underground music site’. On appeal, the prison sentence was reduced to three years. 

“We take note that the sentence of the artists was reduced by the appeal court,” Mr. Kaye said. “However, this verdict is still unacceptable: detaining someone on the grounds of ‘insulting the sacred’ and ‘propaganda against the state’ is incompatible with international human rights standards.” 

“I am particularly dismayed that Mehdi Rajabian, Yousef Emadi and Hossein Rajabian were allegedly forced to make self-incriminating televised ‘confessions’ to the charges of having produced prohibited audiovisual materials, to express regret for their work and to apologize for broadcasting the voice of female singers,” Ms. Bennoune said. “This amounts to an extraordinary attack against these artists, and one which has serious repercussions for others in Iran.” 

“The arrest, conviction and sentencing of artists is entirely unacceptable and in complete violation of international human rights law binding on Iran. The three artists should be released immediately and all charges dropped,” they concluded. 

The expert’s call has also been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr. Juan E. Méndez. 

ENDS 

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Amnesty International calls for immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Homa Hoodfar


Canadian-Iranian citizen Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who was arrested in Iran on June 6 in relation to her peaceful professional work, must be immediately and unconditionally released. Amnesty International considers her to be a prisoner of conscience. The organization calls on the Government of Canada to take all possible diplomatic measures to ensure her immediate release and safe return to Canada.
“The arrest of respected and accomplished scholar, Dr. Homa Hoodfar, is the latest attempt by the Iranian authorities at targeting individuals, including academics, for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association.” said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. “It is deeply troubling that someone whose research focuses on addressing women’s inequality can find herself arbitrarily arrested and held, possibly in solitary confinement, without access to a lawyer and her family. At a time when Canada has signalled its intention to restore relations with the Iranian government, it is essential that the Canadian government bring all possible pressure to bear and exhaust all possible avenues to gain her freedom.”
Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who also holds Irish citizenship, is a professor of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Her academic work includes research related to development, family law, refugees, women and electoral politics and human rights. She was in Iran visiting her family and conducting historical and ethnographic research on women's participation in elections since 1906. She was taken from her home by the Revolutionary Guards on March 10 for questioning, shortly before she had planned to leave the country. The authorities also searched her home and seized her personal belongings including her passport, phone, and computer. She was subsequently released on bail but was banned from leaving the country.
While out on bail, Dr. Homa Hoodfar was repeatedly summoned and subjected to interrogations by officials from the Revolutionary Guards without a lawyer present. Amnesty International understands that Dr. Homa Hoodfar may be facing national security related charges but has not yet been formally charged. She is currently held in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Amnesty International is deeply concerned for her health and safety as she has a neurological condition for which she requires specialized medical care that she may not receive in prison. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Javan News Online Wrote : Homa Hoodfar A feminist , Came To Iran To Organize Feminist movement


According to news , Javan news online reported that, Homa Hoodfar is a feminist and have come to Iran to lead / organize a feminist movement in Iran .

Javan newspaper / news online is a newspaper that is ran by Sepah and Sepah security intelligence of the Islamic regime .

The security intelligence of Sepah runs these type of show . Home Hoodfar may be also a victim or hostage of the Islamic regime in Iran before normalization of the diplomatic ties between Iran and Canada for getting its tactical or strategic points .

Nevertheless , Homa Hoodfar done nothing wrong and must be immediately released.



 yesterdays news came from this news online :
http://javanonline.ir

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The lives Of Four Political Prisoners Inside Islamic Regime Prison In Iran Is In Great Danger .........

Human Rights First , No To Political or Economical Deal With Islamic Regime in Iran !!!


News coming from Iran is quiet disturbing , there are no days comes and goes without protest by political prisoners . It has been months that we hear political prisoners go to hunger strike protesting about their condition/ situation inside prison or suffering from different type of medical condition which need immediate attention but are refused by Islamic regime judiciary or prison officials and the Government of Hassan Rohani does nothing to protect the rights of its citizen as indicated in the constitution.

The recent news shows that more than 100 Iranian intellectuals announced they are worried about these four political prisoner : Jafar Azimzadeh, Alireza Golipour , Ehsan Mazanderani and Shahram Pourmansouri . 

According to their statement Jafar Azimzadeh haven't eat for 54 days and have been in prison for a year without any wrongdoing . 

There are more political prisoners who are unknown to media who's situation is more or less the same.

UN must force the Government of Hassan Rohani and through him to the  Regime in Iran to agree for a UN reporter to attend inside Iranian prison and speak to prisoners including political or other prisoners.

Enough speaking about " moderate Government"  when there is not much changes when it comes for Iran and the ordinary Iranian people . 

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=74295







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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Caricature and Few Articles Caused " Ghanoon " Newspaper to A Closure .......

According to news , perhaps a cartoon and a few critical article caused Ghanian newspaper to a closure . The complainants against this newspaper are " Sepah " intelligence ministry  and their legal deputy inside parliament. It was with their complaint the public prosecutor ordered for the closure.


Radio Zamaneh reported that, the website of Ghanoon newspaper indicated that the newspaper is accused of " publication of lies to distress the public's mind "  and rejected any wrong doing.

The cartoon shows the dissidents ( people who are critical to Government policies ) are all seated in a toilet bowl and one says : Well my friends, If you agree with the new conspiracy against the Government,  say it, so that i'll flush the toilet".

The point that is interesting is that, couple of people seating inside the toilet bowl wearing violet shirt  and the person who is going to flush is also wearing violet.
Another complaint against the newspaper is about a report on prisoners situation in Greater Tehran prison titled" The 24 damn hour " ....
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi the public prosecutor of Tehran said; the newspaper and its managers in charge is under legal prosecution.

The newspaper reported about prisoners very bad situation inside prison and the money they have put in the bank as bail and the prisoners should not touch that .

Under Caricature a sentence from Mohammad Bagher Nobakht the spokesperson of the Government was written as : " They have created a brain storming room and are doing conspiracy every week "  .



Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2016/06/213868.php


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Two Cartoon By Seyed Meysam Agha Seyed Hosseini ...........Pen & Thoughts Are In Chain .........


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Khamenei The Leader Of The Islamic Regime in Iran To Pro -Regime Students And University Officials : Don't Allow Universities To Become A Place For Dissidents Students To The Islamic Republic .......


Khamenei Warned : Prevent the growth of The Dissident Students  in the universities ....???!!!!!

After 36 Years Of Reign Why Khamenei Still  Afraid From Students ??!!!

According to news coming from Iran , Khamenei the leader of the Islamic regime in Iran in a meeting with pro- regime students and university officials asked them no to allow the universities to become a place for dissident students and opposition to Islamic republic. and he also asked them to guide the  universities to support the Islamic Republic and teach the students about the fundamentals of the Islam.

Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2016/06/213839.php

IRAN WATCH CANADA: Iranian universities were always a place of national awareness and struggle for freedom and against despotism whether secular dictatorship or religious totalitarianism or despotism. Despite of years of suppression and oppression against Iranian students , regime was and is unable to bring the students under their control . despite of making some kind of fake student organizations , still the true and real students carry their social networking and underground organization in Iranian universities and one day they will come out again to challenge the despotic Islamic regime , thats why Khamenei is afraid of Iranian students......

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Zohreh Tonekaboni A Women Rights Activist And Member Of " Mothers For Peace in Iran " Is Banned From Leaving Iran ...

According to news ,  Sepah Intelligence Agents in Imam Khomeini's Airport banned Ms. Zohreh Tonekaboni a women rights advocate and a member of the " Mothers For Peace " from leaving the country.

Ms. Zohreh Tonekaboni is a writer and recently published her book titled " Rooted in The Ground " .

She is one of those political prisoners released after the mass killing of political prisoners by Islamic regime in 1988.


Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=74187

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Doctor Hassan Nayeb Hashem On Hunger Strike in Support Of Political Prisoners in Iran .......

According to news , Doctor Hassan Nayeb Hashem in support of the 6 imprisoned political and human rights prisoners went on hunger strike. 


While the UN human rights council is having their session in Geneva , doctor Hassan Nayeb Hashem a well known human rights advocate went on hunger strike in support of 6 Iranian political and human rights prisoners who are also on hunger strike in Islamic regimes prisons. 

While Governments around the world , particularly European and US normalizing their relation with the current so called "moderate" government in Iran for economic gain and closing their eyes on human rights violation under Islamic regime in Iran , the cry of political and human rights prisoners are rising against their silence . According to news in recent months many political prisoners went on hunger strike against all the injustices by the Islamic regime including the government of Hassan Rohani. 

By going into the hunger strike , Doctor Hassan Nayeb Hashem intend to bring the voice of imprisoned Iranian political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Islamic regime's prisons.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement.
Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents.
Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact.
There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’.
It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her home.
Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does not work in Iran.
Nazanin has now been in solitary confinement for over 30 days.
Please help bring my wife and daughter home by signing my petition calling on our Prime Minister David Cameron to use his power and intervene.

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